Ernie's Kentucky Burgoo (done in a slow cooker)

Sharon Colyer


This recipe is my husband's, and oh how I love for him to make it! It is sort of a combination of two recipes, plus his own ideas, that turned out great! As soon as it hints at getting cooler, I start thinking about this stew. We do like a little more broth in it than stew usually has, but you can do it your way, on that. In case you don't know, this was once considered a hunter's stew, that would have consisted of rabbit, venison, and squirrel. These days, with a non-hunter, you get beef, chicken and pork. Picture from a friend & member Renee G.


★★★★★ 3 votes

1 Hr 30 Min
9 Hr 30 Min
Slow Cooker Crock Pot


  • 1 lb
    lean beef stew meat, in 1 inch pieces
  • 1 lb
    lean pork stew meat, in 1 inch pieces
  • 4
    chicken thighs, skinned
  • 1 tsp
    onion salt or onion powder and salt
  • 3
    carrots, peeled and sliced
  • 2 small
    onions, chopped
  • 2 small
    red or regular potatoes, peeled and cubed
  • 1 can(s)
    (14 1/2 oz) stewed tomatoes--any style, cut up and juice reserved
  • 1 can(s)
    (17 oz) whole kernel corn and juice reserved
  • 1/2 pkg
    (10 oz) frozen okra (fresh, if available) - optional
  • 1/2 tsp
    black pepper
  • 1/4 tsp
    or less, ground red pepper or a few drops of hot sauce (optional)
  • 1 c
    green pepper, chopped
  • 1 can(s)
    (10 3/4 oz) double strength chicken broth or 2 cans regular strength (i use more)
  • 1 can(s)
    (17 oz) baby lima beans, drained
  • 1 can(s)
    (4 oz) v-8 juice
  • 1-2 tsp
    chili powder
  • 1 tsp
    garlic powder

How to Make Ernie's Kentucky Burgoo (done in a slow cooker)


  1. Place beef and pork in a 6 quart slow cooker. Sprinkle with onion salt, pepper, and red pepper. Toss, until evenly coated.
  2. Layer ingredients in slow cooker, on top of meat, in this order: carrots, onion, chicken, potatoes, green pepper, and stewed tomatoes with juice. Add chicken broth. Pour liquid from corn, into slow cooker; set corn aside. DO NOT STIR mixture in slow cooker.
  3. Cover, and cook on HIGH, for 3 hours, then, turn it down to LOW, for about 2 1/2 to 3 hrs., until beef, pork, and vegetables are tender. Be sure to check for doneness, when turning it to LOW, so you have an idea of its doneness. Check again periodically, so as not to overcook.
  4. When chicken seems done, remove chicken to a plate to cool, and stir in corn, lima beans, and okra, into mixture in slow cooker. Cook on HIGH for 30 minutes, or until heated through. Stir in V-8 juice, chili powder & garlic powder.
  5. Meanwhile, when chicken is cool enough to handle, remove chicken from bones, and cut into bite size pieces. Discard bones. Return chicken to mixture and heat through. Taste for adjusting seasoning. Add as needed. Makes 10-12 servings. Serve with garlic bread or cornbread.
  6. If you need more liquid later on, add more V-8 Juice, chicken broth, beef broth, or bouillon mixed in hot water or a combination of all or some & a little chili powder, onion powder & garlic powder.

Printable Recipe Card

About Ernie's Kentucky Burgoo (done in a slow cooker)

Show 59 Comments & Reviews

14 Comforting Crock Pot Soup Recipes

14 Comforting Crock Pot Soup Recipes

Kitchen Crew @JustaPinch

There’s no better way to warm up on a chilly night than with a delicious cup of soup! Especially when your crock pot does all the work. Check out these...

17 Best Fall Soups And Stews

17 Best Fall Soups and Stews

Kitchen Crew @JustaPinch

There’s something so magical about enjoying a big bowl of a delicious fall soup on a crisp autumn day. Whether you prefer a thick stew or a creamy soup, we...